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CVS Pharmacy is the second largest pharmacy chain after Walgreens in the United States, with more than 7,600 stores, and is the second largest US pharmacy based on total prescription revenue.

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Petitioning Larry Merlo

Tell CVS to Donate, Don't Dump

For about a year, I’ve walked up and down the streets of New York City in the evenings to save perfectly good food and other items from CVS’s trash, which I then gift to friends, family, and people in need. I find it ridiculous - and frankly disrespectful - to see how much CVS wastes when millions of people, including CVS’s own employees, struggle to put food on the table. CVS, as a policy, throws out excess, slightly damaged, or about-to-expire merchandise. In CVS's trash in New York I've found unopened toothpaste, bars of soap, tissues, and shelf-stable food like Oreos and oatmeal (which safely can be eaten months after the best by date*). All of this should have been donated. Over the course of several months I've emailed CVS's CEO Larry Merlo about this multiple times, and as direct result have spoken to regional management about this multiple times. They've promised to donate more, but nothing has changed. I'm hoping this petition can pressure CVS to make donation their default. Tell CVS to #donatedontdump Donate to a local shelter, food pantry, or church. CVS has a national partnership with Feeding America, but still a lot of food and usable merchandise is thrown out. CVS should not only allow regional managers to form partnerships with local charities, but should reward them for doing so (make it part of their performance appraisal, for example). If donation is not a possibility, allow employees to take home food and other usable items that would otherwise be thrown out. Employees, most of whom make minimum wage, are forbidden from taking home or donating excess merchandise to those in need, and might be fired for doing so. CVS should allow employees to take home items that would otherwise be thrown out. Thank you for your help! I hope you'll sign and share this petition. -Anna *Legally, only baby formula needs to have a best by date. Best by dates on all other products are voluntarily put there by manufacturers and often only indicate product quality, not product safety. If anyone were to get sick from donated food, CVS would be protected from legal liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. In addition, there have been no recorded lawsuits related to food donation.

Anna Sacks
444,838 supporters
Petitioning Larry J Merlo, CVS Pharmacy, T​.​J. Crawford, Mary L. Owens, Erin Shields Britt

CVS give employees extra paid sick leave for illness and to care for sick family-COVID19

Why is CVS not protecting their own employees from COVID-19? March 14, 2020 To Larry Merlo, CVS CEO, I am a pharmacy technician at a New York CVS pharmacy. In the recent weeks since COVID- 19 elevated from state emergency to national emergency, CVS management has not updated its employees' health benefits. Our goal is to have updated paid sick leave policies that will ensure workers get paid for sick days and for caring for sick family in the mist of COVID-19. At the very minimum, CVS should provide a crisis rate/hazard pay for workers still reporting to work and have protective gear (gloves, masks) and enough cleaning supplies for employees.  (Update March 21, 2020- CVS is doing the legal bare minimum for its employees. CVS is providing paid leave for up to 14 days when an employee is tested positive OR have family that is tested positive. As well all know, testing kits are scarce and only individuals with high priority may be permitted to test. Everyone else that is ill but not "high priority" should self isolate as recommended by CDC. Which means that for any CVS employees who fall ill during this time, you'll have to stay home with NO pay- UNLESS you are positive for COVID. Its catch 22.)  We are petitioning to get updated paid sick day policies so we can self quarantine as needed. I have a cold(?) and history of COPD, but I am still reporting to work because I have a family to feed. My symptoms are not severe enough to be approved for COVID testing, but at this point, I have no idea if I am carrier and spreader of COVID19. CVS still has not provided PPE to their employees therefore, I am interacting with patients, customers and colleagues with no protection.  Here is a timeline of some major retailers' move to protect their employees: March 8, 2020- REI has modified its employee’s paid time off policy to make sure their workers (including hourly paid workers) are being paid for missing work due to personal illness OR time off to take care of family. March 12, 2020- Lululemon has reduced store front hours from 12PM-6PM. However, employees will “still receive pay for ALL hours that they have been scheduled to work”. March 14, 2020- Apple store has announced that they are closing all of their retail stores until March 27 to “minimize risk of the virus’ transmission”. Their employees, like CVS employees, cannot work from home, but are paid for the duration of its closure. March 17, 2020- Trader Joe's has set up bonus pay for their employees. March 19, 2020- Walgreens will be shortening store and pharmacy hours.  March 19, 2020- Walmart is paying out bonuses to US hourly employees and hiring 150,000 workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. March 22, 2020- Target is paying their employees an extra $2 per hour hazard pay. Plus all employees over 60 years old, or is pregnant OR has pre existing health conditions will be paid up to 30 days of sick leave. Congrats on their petition victory! CVS pharmacies, are at the forefront of the virus, along with other pharmacies, clinic and hospitals- so its understandable that we cannot be closed. We can see that CVS Pharmacy is doing a great job of continued service to patients and the public and will be holding COVID-19 test centers in its parking lots in the following week, but what is CVS doing to protect us, their workers? CVS pharmacies do not have adequate supply of hand sanitizers OR alcohol for their own employees to use. There is no way technicians can wash their hands after every transaction. Yet, we use our same dirty hands to fill patient’s prescriptions. There are barely any latex/ nitrile gloves left to go around for employees to use as a form of protection. We handle cash transactions, medications and often have physical contact with customers who hand us their cash and items for purchase. No surgical masks were kept for employees to use nor are left for us- masks are said to be ineffective against the virus- but for peace of mind, many citizens, including CVS workers would still like to use them. There are no Lysol wipes/alcohol left for workers to disinfect the phones, our keyboards, the scanners, touchscreens... etc. In the pharmacy, multiple techs use the same phone to answer calls- now think of all the bacteria from ears, hands and saliva that are collecting on the handset. We also share the registers amongst other employees in the pharmacy- how many times are we able to disinfect the touch screens between every cashiers transaction?  Most importantly, CVS still has not updated employees’ paid sick leaves in this time of an emergency. We are afraid to call out of work in fear that there will be retaliation: being fired and/or being written up. But we're anxious about commuting to work, scared of catching the virus from patients at work, and even more worried of passing the virus to our families. We cannot afford to miss work but feel obligated to stay home to protect our children and parents.  Why isn’t CVS offering any extra sick days at this time? Why isn't CVS shortening hours to reduce worker’s risk of infection? Why isn't CVS keeping stock of basic protective gear for workers to use? (gloves, masks, wipes, alcohol, disinfectants...)  Why do we, as workers, have to panic amongst ourselves until someone (like me) has finally had the last straw to type up this letter to ask these questions for all of us??  Why is CVS sending COVID-19 update emails to its customers but no emails are being sent to update their own employees? Really seem like the wellness of their own employees is not a priority.  CVS corporate/Larry Merlo, please give us answers and updates!

J Yung
40,868 supporters
Petitioning Walmart, Target, Sainsbury, Tesco, Whole Foods, CVS Pharmacy, Amazon

Supermarkets, stop calling period products “feminine hygiene”. #RenameDontShame

Supermarkets, we want you to #RenameDontShame We want to see supermarkets and retailers in the UK and North America commit to tackling the stigma around periods. We are asking them to change their product signposting in store and online from ‘feminine hygiene’ or ‘sanitary products’, to ‘period products’ or ‘menstrual products’. The use of the terms ‘sanitary products’ or ‘feminine hygiene products’ suggests there is something unsanitary or unhygienic about having a period when this is not the case. Avoiding terms like ‘period’ and ‘menstruation’, as though they are shameful, upholds the very real stigma around this natural bodily function. This stigma affects people’s quality of life, every day.As well as this, the word ‘feminine’ assumes that all people who have periods are feminine. This is not the case – trans men and non-binary people can have periods too. The use of the term ‘feminine hygiene’ suggests you need to have a period to be ‘feminine’, when trans women and plenty of cis women don’t have periods.We think it’s time our society ditched the code words and started calling it what it is – a period. Then we can begin to have a mature and respectful conversation about the biology behind menstruation and remove some of the shame from the subject.If supermarkets commit to making this small but powerful change, they will be sending an important message – periods are not dirty and they are not something to be ashamed of!Why is this important?Around 26% of the global population have periods every month*. Having a period is a very normal part of life for a lot of people. Despite this, there is still very little honest, public conversation about the reality of having a period, meaning that people who have periods are made to feel shame from when they first enter puberty.48% of girls in the UK report feeling ‘embarrassed’ about their periods, and this figure rises to 56% when they reach the age of 14**. In the US, 58% of women have felt embarrassment from their period*** Who has already made the change?New Zealand’s supermarket chain, Countdown, has sparked an international conversation about this issue, by being the first to change the name of their product aisles4. Multiple online retailers have taken the initiative in the UK, such as Abel and Cole, and Ethical Superstore – but so far, no physical retailer has made the change in the UK, nor in North America. Who are Natracare? Natracare was created in 1989 as a campaign to shake up the period protection industry and provide an eco-friendly alternative to the chemical and plastic laden products that dominated the market. Natracare campaigns for healthy people, healthy products and a healthy planet. You can learn more about this issue on the Natracare blog at* ** *** ****  

17,723 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United Healthcare, Cigna, Blue Cross of California, Molina Healthcare Inc., Centene Corp, WellCare , Health Care Servic...

Mandate Technology in Mental Health Treatment + Insurance Coverage for Long Term Care

Growing up my father was horrifically abusive to my mother, my sisters and I. My mother managed to escape in the middle of a cold night with one carry-on suitcase and four plane tickets when I was 5 years of age and my sisters were 3 years old. Thinking that all of the horrors were behind us, my sisters had no memories of the traumas and my mother worked hard to give us everything. Four years ago, my sisters began having symptoms of Complex PTSD derived from on-going, pre-verbal childhood trauma. Due to the mental health stigma, they did not tell my mother or I, but they did seek professional help. I now call this the "mental healthcare loop", because as soon as they sought professional help, the doctors had no tools to treat them; they just asked "how are you feeling?", diagnosed and medicated them. They have been stuck in a cycle of addiction, overdose and relapse ever since without treating the actual mental illness--costing insurance companies and my family hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. My sisters were misdiagnosed for 3.5 years, they have since developed an addiction to a dangerous cocktail of prescription medication and have relapsed from over 60 treatment centers because insurers will only cover 35-45 days of treatment without door-to-door care. My sisters were successful actresses and have been completely debilitated by their mental illness, unable to work or function in day-to-day life.  My family is not alone in this cycle. As it currently stands, quality mental health treatment is a privilege many people cannot afford. The treatment that is available is short-term with low success rates, riddled with misdiagnosis and inaccuracies. Due to a lack of tools and technology available to mental healthcare professionals (who currently rely 100% on self-reporting to treat mental illness resulting in human error) and insurance companies limiting patient access to care due to the high costs and low success rates of mental illness and addiction treatment (making it difficult for mental health professionals to accept insurance), after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket over 4 years to cover their mental health treatment, all my family has to show is a large financial debt, conflicting diagnoses and an addiction in addition to the mental illness. Not having long term door-to-door care, tools for health detection and progress tracking to measure patient improvement and mitigate dependence of self-reporting has ultimately left our family devastated and helpless as we watch my sisters' lives and health disintegrate.     In the midst of a suicide epidemic, opioid epidemic and global mental health crisis, now more than ever we need to stand together to encourage and guide change and innovation in mental healthcare. There is a 90% relapse rate after the 1 month short-term residential care covered by insurers (1). Suicides and overdoses among young adults were already skyrocketing before the pandemic, but now the Covid-19 quarantine mandates are causing a historic rise in mental health problems and pushing America into a mental health crisis with a spike in suicides, relapse and drug overdose (2). Adding to this are the dangers of mental health misdiagnosis and high rates of inaccuracy in the treatment of mental health ailments. CALL TO ACTION FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES: Insurance companies have a very taxing responsibility to provide access to care and financial protection against medical costs. Due to the lack of quantifiable metrics to measure patient progress in mental healthcare treatment, insurance costs are high and endless. We need to join forces with our nation's insurance companies to help them protect us and lead innovation in mental healthcare by deploying new regulations that mandate mental healthcare treatment centers and private practice professionals to deploy the following measures into mental health treatment in order to qualify for mental health insurance coverage: Prevent Misdiagnosis: Leverage health detection technology to guide mental illness diagnostics Track Patient Progress: Utilize tools in therapy to measure and record patient response to treatment Long Term Care Coverage: Insurers push incentive for change by covering a minimum of one year of door-to-door care for mental healthcare treatment providers that have the above tools in place We urge the leaders in our healthcare system to take the first steps and lead the way in transforming the mental healthcare industry: UnitedHealth, Cigna Health, Aetna, Kaiser Foundation, Anthem Inc., Humana, CVS, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Centene Corp, Wellcare, Molina Healthcare Inc., Blue Cross of California, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  CALL TO ACTION FOR THE US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: We propose a New Administration Policy to support Insurance Companies and encouraging these organizations to abide by Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) by mandating mental healthcare treatment centers and private practice professionals must deploy the following measures into mental health treatment in order to qualify for mental health insurance coverage: Prevent Misdiagnosis: Leverage health detection technology to guide mental illness diagnostics Track Patient Progress: Utilize tools in therapy to measure and record patient response to treatment Long Term Care Coverage: Insurers must cover a minimum of one year of door-to-door care for mental healthcare treatment providers that deploy the above tools Despite congress passing the MHPAEA in 2008, insurers still don’t treat mental illness like physical illness. Under MHPAEA, insurance companies are required to apply the same criteria in determining coverage for physical and mental illnesses. However, this law is not being enforced. In a 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness survey, greater than 50% more respondents said that they or a family member had been denied treatment for mental health by their insurer on medical necessity grounds than those who said they’d been denied medical care for physical ailments. Passing a new Administrative Policy that helps give transparency to insurance companies allows them to hold mental healthcare providers accountable and will give insurers incentive to act within MHPAEA because it will allow patients to heal, saving insurers billions of dollars in medical expenses long term. Doctors have long stressed that similar to any physical illness, mental illness can lead to harmful consequences. When left untreated, mental illness can aggravate physical conditions, resulting in even more expensive treatment needs which end up costing insurers more money long term. In addition, the high rates of relapse and re-hospitalization--and all of the additional costs that accompany mental illness--have insurers searching for ways to cut costs by erecting barriers to treatment for common mental illnesses (neglecting legal requirements) and setting low reimbursement rates for mental health professionals. We need to help insurance companies and our governments place new regulations on treatment centers to prevent these counterproductive activities from continuing to take place. Let's stand by insurers and support them in keeping costs down, by expanding coverage for mental health services as mandated under MHPAEA so long as these mental health services leverage technology to measure and report how treatment is working.  Keep in mind, our government and health insurance companies exist to protect us. We stand together to support new innovations in this industry; to help the insurers protect patients, to grant medical professionals access to tools for precise care and to help patients suffering from mental health ailments recover and learn to manage their mental illnesses. Please sign this petition to join our team in the mental healthcare revolution! -Lima Jevremovic

Lima Jevremovic
11,881 supporters